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Beau M. Davidson talks about Homegrown Mushroom Insulation, DIY Doors, Giant Wooden Hinges, and more.



Beau hates boring stuff, so this won't be boring.  It's really more like a party.  A webinar-party.  A webinarty?  Cool, lets go with that.

In this webinarty, participants are encouraged to top up their favorite cup with their favorite beverage, have some snacks ready, and jump right in to the wild and wonderful world of hi-fidelity, low-technology mushroom mycelium insulation.



Things we talked about at length, touched on, or talked about talking about but barely scratched the surface:
o growing valuable mushrooms at home for nearly zero dollars:
      * which mushrooms are good for what applications
      * what substrates are good for which mushrooms
      * using what you have
      * trusting that fungi knows how to do its job(s)
      * failing forward in homestead-scale biological r&d

o yielding amazing mycelium material as a value-added byproduct of growing mushrooms
      * how it works
      * why it's awesome and generally way better than conventional materials
      * when you might not want to use it
      * glimpsing into the future of mycelium-powered architecture

o The Door at Cooper Cabin
      * design evolution
             - Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT)
             - Structural Insulated Panels (SIP)
             - Appropriating Industrial breakthroughs in sustainable and homestead-scale design
      * the Proenneke hinge
             - Who the deuce is Richard Preonneke, and why should we care?
      * What worked?  What didn't?  What will we do differently next time?
o other things we accidentally talked about
      * making sheds, lean-to's, dog-houses, root-cellars, tree-forts, barns, and homes out of materials offered to you by the land and community where you dwell
             - building with natural and abundant free materials
             - building ethically with non-natural and abundant free or cheap materials
             - improvisational and emergent architecture
             - a funny tour of my berm shed-inspired microcottage addition where I point around the house awkwardly with my laptop
      * building the solar wood kiln
      * ceramics and mycelium
      * space-age fire retardance of mycelium
      * building with giant mycelium legos
      * the weak point of intersection between conventional and traditional building paradigms
      * Paul picks Beau's brain about mycoinsulating the wofatis
      * last year's Permaculture Technology Jamboree
      * this year's Permaculture Technology Jamboree




Duration: 90 minutes.

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Mycoinsulation Webinar Recording: Grow-Your-Own Insulation While Farming Valuable Mushroom Crops
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I am thinking not quite lego blocks (not interlocking) maybe a real 12- 16" thick and build an igloo! That would mean spiraling them upwards.
 
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Hey Beau,

I just got your email about this topic, so searched the forums for this thread.

The only question I have is :

How do you build with wood when mushrooms like the oysters you picture are saprophytic (break down cellulose / cause wood to rot)? That seems like the opposite of what you’d want… unless you’re intentionally building a temporary structure.
 
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Mark Beard wrote:

Hey Beau,

I just got your email about this topic, so searched the forums for this thread.

The only question I have is :

How do you build with wood when mushrooms like the oysters you picture are saprophytic (break down cellulose / cause wood to rot)? That seems like the opposite of what you’d want… unless you’re intentionally building a temporary structure.



Hey Mark!  That's the first question most folks have.  Both the webinar and the other threads go into this in great detail.  

Short answer, using your oyster reference:
- Consumption is superficial, rather than deep, into substrate tissue.
- Consumption halts in the absence of water.
 
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